Plans for an updated preschool for Solana Beach Presbyterian Church will serve as many as 40 more children in the community and include an expanded new outdoor play area, according to worship facilities architects domusstudio architecture.
The new preschool will occupy the lower level of a 25,000-square-foot office building owned by the church and neighboring the church campus at Stevens Avenue and San Rodolfo Drive. Pending conditional use permit approval from the City of Solana Beach and the Coastal Commission, tenant improvements on the building could begin as soon as fall 2011 and be completed in early 2012.
Last month the church notified its neighbors of the plans and invited all to attend an open house viewing of the plans with the architects. The response was very positive, and the plans continue to be available for viewing at City Hall.
“Operating since 1964, Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool is a valuable community asset,” said Jon Dominy of domusstudio architecture in San Diego. “This much-needed expansion will allow for better visibility and connectivity with the community and will allow the preschool to serve the community better. Replacing nearly 50-year-old buildings, the new facilities will be made accessible, brighter and code compliant, and will incorporate the latest in technology and safety for the children.”
According to the master plan for the church designed by domusstudio architecture, the preschool will move from its current location in the back of the upper church campus to inhabit the entire lower floor of the two-story Lomas Santa Fe Executive Plaza office building. The new preschool will accommodate as many as 40 more 3- to 5-year-olds with two additional classrooms and expanded outdoor spaces.
From the exterior, the building will look much the same, except for the addition of a new elevator near the new preschool entrance. The proposed elevator would improve access within the building and throughout the property. In addition, the elevator tower features colorful playground-like treatments designed by domusstudio architecture.
Exterior modifications also incorporate a safe new drop-off traffic pattern that allows parents and caregivers to park and access entry to the preschool without having to cross a parking lot or walk between cars.
The new preschool playground will wrap around three sides of the classroom wing and will showcase a natural play environment. Drawings of the space show grassy mounds and meandering pathways that foster imaginative play for preschool-aged children. Designed in conjunction with M. W. Peltz & Associates Landscape Architects, the outdoor area also will include a castle-like structure with a bridge and a slide. Drought-tolerant native plants incorporated into the play area will utilize reclaimed water.
The Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool project provides improvements to other church and community members as well, according to domusstudio architecture. The second story of the building will continue to house the church administrative offices and will become the home for the Hispanic Fellowship, which has been located on the first floor. Also included in the conditional use permit application is the Hispanic congregation’s goal to have a flower stand on the upper level of the parking lot.